State Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) removed former Gov. John Engler’s (R) “name from a list of endorsements on his gubernatorial campaign website at [Engler’s weekend] request. … Engler ‘can’t be involved’ in election-year politics as he helps MSU navigate continued fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, spokesman John Truscott said Wednesday.”
“Liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan said Wednesday that Schuette should also return political contributions from Engler. Campaign finance records show Engler and his wife last year each donated $2,500 to Schuette.” (Detroit News)
“[C]andidates and their allies are accusing their opponents of politicizing the scandal. The political implications are doubly consequential as the candidates seeking higher office helped prosecute the case against Nassar.”
“Democrats and Republicans alike have accused Schuette of using the investigation for political gain. Engler’s spokesman told local media that a high-profile raid last week for evidence on MSU’s campus was ‘a political stunt rather than an actual law enforcement action.’ … Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) … said in an interview Tuesday that she agreed the media presence at the raid was ‘certainly unusual.’ … Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar (D) … said in an interview Tuesday he does not expect ‘a fair investigation’ from the ‘Republican candidate.’ Whitmer said the severity of the sentence against Nassar ‘speaks for’ the integrity of Schuette’s prosecution. But she echoed Republicans’ concerns and repeated her call for an independent investigation by state Michigan police.” (National Journal)
THREAT OR PROMISE? Whitmer said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D) “is going to be on board in short order” with her campaign. (East Village Magazine)
MEANWHILE, ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Neither party’s debates have been “entirely lacking” in policy details. (Bridge Magazine)
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